There’s still time to comment on Lake Okeechobee level changes

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is still accepting public comments as input on the development for the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual. The public comment period has been extended to April 22. The corps plans to switch from the current Lake Okeechobee Regulation Schedule (LORS), which tries to keep the lake level […]

Rep. Mast asks corps to stop releases to St. Lucie Canal

After spending weeks encouraging the people in his 18th Congressional District of Florida to speak out in support of lowering the level of Lake Okeechobee, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City got just that. At the public meetings to discuss changes to the lake regulation schedule, Rep. Mast argued that lowering the lake level […]

Sending Lake O water south isn’t the solution

  CLEWISTON — Captain Daniel Andrews is right that water is Florida’s most valuable resource. Anyone that has spent a hot summer afternoon in the Sunshine State knows how precious water can be, whether it’s for drinking, recreating or fishing. In the Glades communities, thousands of families rely on a healthy Lake Okeechobee for fishing […]

Corps effort to lower Lake Okeechobee level questioned

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts to lower Lake Okeechobee in anticipation of the wet season has local community leaders concerned about the safety of the water supply. Since the start of the dry season in October, the corps has released an average of 1,000 cubic feet per second to the Caloosahatchee […]

President budget falls short in CERP funding

OKEECHOBEE — Federal funding for the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) once again has come up short. In 2000 Congress authorized CERP as a framework for restoring, protecting and preserving the greater Everglades ecosystem. CERP was to be a 50-50 partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Florida, with the […]

Prescribed burn planned on Lake Okeechobee

BELLE GLADE — A prescribed burn will be conducted on up to 1,000 acres of green cattail in the south end of Lake Okeechobee near Belle Glade on Friday, March15 to improve fish and wildlife habitat. This will be done as a joint effort by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), South Florida […]

Releases slow rise of Lake Okeechobee

Lake Okeechobee has dropped more than one-tenth of a foot (1.32 inches) since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District increased water releases in late February. More than half of that flow was to the south of the big lake. During the first 10 days of the releases, the water level in the lake […]

Misconceptions confuse Lake Okeechobee level discussion

OKEECHOBEE — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public meetings to discuss the new Lake Okeechobee System Operations Manual (LOSOM) have sparked some lively public debate. Since the Corps is “only there to listen,” some claims presented by speakers are confusing, conflicting or unfounded. Here is a review some of the misconceptions and conflicting statements: […]

Prescribed burn planned on Lake Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — Two prescribed burns will be conducted on Lake Okeechobee on Tuesday, March 5, starting at 10 a.m. The first will burn an estimated 5,000-8,000 acres between the Pearce Canal and Indian Prairie Canal. The second will burn approximately 850 acres in the Twin Palms/Dyess Ditch area. Both burns will improve fish and wildlife […]

SFWMD: ‘Impacts of Operating Lake Okeechobee at Lower Water Levels’

Excerpted from the South Florida Water Management District graphic, these are some of the effects of lower lake levels. 12.5’ — 10.5 feet When the lake falls into the water shortage band: • The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) orders water use cutbacks and mandatory restrictions. Water deliveries to all are reduced. • Ecological […]